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March 23, 2014

ARCA RACING SERIES: Kimmel extends top-10 streak

Clarksville native fifth at Mobile

MOBILE, Ala. — Clarksville native Frank Kimmel recorded his second top-five finish of the 2014 ARCA Racing Series season on Saturday at Mobile International Speedway.

Kimmel placed fifth in the ARCA Mobile 200 at the half-mile oval. The 10-time ARCA series champion registered his 33rd consecutive top-10 finish. 

Starting 13th, Kimmel drove to the front and got as high as first place. He grabbed the lead on Lap 140, which was the only circuit he led during the race. In the final few restarts, Kimmel sustained some damage to the front fender of his No. 44 Toyota and was unable to battle for the victory.

“This is what we do,” Kimmel told arcaracing.com about securing another top-10 finish. “I’m a little disappointed that we didn’t finish a little higher.”

Kimmel’s fifth-place run came after he earned a runner-up finish at the season-opening Lucas Oil 200 on Feb. 15 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.

It was a huge day for Grant Enfinger. 

The Fairhope, Ala., native won his second ARCA race in a row in dominating fashion. He led 185 of the race’s 204 laps. 

“Nobody had anything for Grant. What a great day he had,” Kimmel said.

Kyle Benjamin finished second, followed by Mason Mitchell and Anderson Bowen. In his first ARCA race of the season, Henryville resident Darrell Basham finished 22nd in a Ford. Louisville resident Mark Meunier drove a Ford owned by Clarksville-based Kimmel Racing to a 25th-place finish.

ARCA’s next race will be the Federated Auto Parts ARCA 200 on Sunday, April 27 at Salem Speedway. The green flag is scheduled to drop at 2:15 p.m.

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